This is a brilliantly colored fish plate decorated by Klingenberg, Limoges. It features a naturalistic purplish fish swimming in a background of muted red-orange, lavender and green enhanced with streaks of gold enamel. Golden vines hang over the scene and lovely water flowers of purple and blue at the front are boldly outlined in gold enamel, giving them a look of cloisonné. The flowers and the fish are done in shiny glaze while the background is matte. The scalloped edges of the plate also are trimmed with gold in a double border. The surface of the plate is lightly fluted.
The plate measures 9 ½” in diameter x 1” tall.
Marks on underside are for Klingenberg and Coiffe. The Klingenberg decorator’s mark in red, over the glaze, is Limoges over France inside a circle with AK over CD at the center (CD is Charles Dwenger). This was used from 1900-1914 (Gaston Mark #9, p. 216). The under glaze manufacturer’s mark is the Coiffe seven-pointed star with the letters of Limoges inside the points. This mark was used from 1891-1914 (Gaston Mark #2, p. 89).
The condition of the plate itself is excellent with no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. There is some rubbing to the paint in the lower right quadrant close to the border.
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